The Larry Dierker Chapter was represented at the 43rd Annual Convention of SABR in Philadelphia last week by Chairman Bob Dorrill, Marsha Franty, Mike Vance, Art Spanjer, Mike McCroskey, and yours truly, Bill McCurdy. We all came to learn, to enjoy, to dialogue with others, and to grasp all we could about what seemed to work and not work there for the sake of our own planning for SABR 44 in Houston in 2014.
The Philadelphians could not have been more helpful, and our special thanks go out to Seamus Kearney and Dick Rosen of the Connie Mack Chapter for the advisory time they spent with us in discussion of our plans for the convention in Houston next year. We are preparing to give it our best shot, but that will require more volunteers from our Houston group to step up to the plate as soon as possible.
There was far too much content to report in-depth here. I especially enjoyed listening to the niece of Buck Weaver, one of the eight banished Black Sox players from 1919, talk about her uncle. She says he never freely talked about what happened, but that she holds no belief that he (Buck Weaver) personally did anything wrong. She points to his record in the 1919 Series as a .324 .hitter as evidence of his honest intent to play for victory.